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30th April 2017
The Greatest 2000 Guineas winner before Frankel?

The Greatest 2000 Guineas winner before Frankel?

Was Tudor Minstrel the greatest 2000 Guineas Winner before Frankel? Find out about his career in this blog by Grenville Davies. Frankel wins the Dewhurst 2010 When Frankel won the 2011 Two Thousand Guineas, he won it in such a manner that left racegoers rubbing their eyes in disbelief and wonderment at what they had just witnessed and had form students scanning their…

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18th April 2017
Stakes and Spuds

Stakes and Spuds

Stakes and Spuds - The story of Pot8o On the 20th April the Craven Stakes will be run at the Rowley Mile, Newmarket, almost one month and 235 years to the day that a famous son of Eclipse was victorious in that very race. On Monday 18th March 1782 Pot8os took the race from thirteen, mostly younger, horses. Pot8os? I hear you say… did a starchy vegetable win the rac…

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13th April 2017
A Stunning New film for RoR

A Stunning New film for RoR

Stunning new film showcases the transformation of racehorses to sport horses To mark the start of the 2017 racing season in Newmarket and the partnership that Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) enjoys with Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, this week sees the official launch of a stunning new film commissioned to showcase the tran…

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12th April 2017
Discover Newmarket

Discover Newmarket

With the 2017 turf season on the flat now underway it is the ideal time to start planning a visit to Newmarket, The Home of Horseracing.  As part of any trip  you should seriously consider booking a tour with Discover Newmarket. We hope the information below whet’s your appetite to find out more about the exclusive behind the scenes tours of the Home of Horseracin…

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5th April 2017
War-Time Grand National Winners

War-Time Grand National Winners

Grenville Davies takes a look back at some of the War-Time Grand National winners Take-offs and landings at Gatwick have not always been restricted to planes jetting off to New York, Barcelona or Ibiza or some other far flung place; for three war-time Grand Nationals were run there between the years 1916-1918. Like the war-time Classics they are looked upon as a lesse…

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3rd April 2017
The Our Vic Story

The Our Vic Story

Stephen Wallis looks back at Our Vic's career with the help of trainer David Pipe, and takes a look at what he is up to in his retirement. After a near 3 month holiday in the Rothschild Yard, former Grade 1 chaser Our Vic is now back at his regular home at the British Racing School teaching aspiring jockeys to ride. However, 9 years ago, on the 3 April 2008 the scen…

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24th March 2017
Retraining of Racehorses Update

Retraining of Racehorses Update

Retraining Racehorses - An update from the Rothschild Yard The retraining process usually takes 2 – 3 months. During this time the team  lunge and long rein, allowing the horses to adapt to new tack, commands and aids. Once the horse becomes accustomed to this they add an EquiAmi which encourages the horse to work in an outline. Most racehorses will not have a part…

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10th March 2017
Istabraq – A real natural from Day 1

Istabraq – A real natural from Day 1

 This week’s Champion Hurdle is a wide open affair after the New Year withdrawals through injury of the last two winners, Faugheen (2015) and Annie Power (2016). One trainer recently said,“You could run the Champion Hurdle ten times and get six different winners.”  The story was very different at the end of the last century when a horse bred to win the Derby t…

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3rd March 2017
Flyingbolt - The Forgotten Champion

Flyingbolt - The Forgotten Champion

In the build up to Cheltenham Grenville Davies takes a look back at Flyingbolt -The Forgotten Champion On the Cheltenham Festival Roll of Honour – Arkle, Desert Orchid, Dawn Run and Kauto Star always get a mention; Flyingbolt is often amiss from this list. Yet his achievements put him up there with the greatest of them all and but for bad luck and illness, he would…

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23rd February 2017
Ian Balding visits the National Heritage Centre

Ian Balding visits the National Heritage Centre

We were delighted to welcome Ian Balding, the former Royal trainer who guided Mill Reef to Derby and Arc success in 1971 to the National Heritage Centre. The master of Kingsclere was shown around the new National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer's House by our Visitor Services team. He spent a considerable time in the Sporting Glory Gallery where he had the opportun…

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